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Spyce 2011 by Astralseed Spyce 2011 by Astralseed
Been quite some time since I've drawn Spyce. (aside from her recent ref sheet). So here she is :)

ha, oh my. Apparently it's been so long since I've drawn her that I totally spaced the fact that she has a red muzzle :faint:

:star:Video of this painting can be seen here: [link]

Skeletal trace and ref: [link] ..

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The first thing I notice here is that there is not a lot of contrast between the horse and the background. This is one of those situations where too much brightness in the background would throw the piece, but upping the brightness of the background just a little bit might help. Something about the light source also bothers me, but I can't quite pinpoint what it is. The horse is very well drawn though, and seems anatomically correct to me. The tail looks like the mane (if that's what'd you call it <<; ) is too heavy for the long tail to hold up, but is very well drawn nonetheless.
Overall, a very nice job. Keep it up! :)
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I am completley stepping out of my own field of knowledge so if this seems redundant or inappropriate I apologize in advanced.

There are two things that grab me about this image right away that I suspect are not the easiest things to do: The gradient background and the reflection. The gradient is sharp and complementary to the main image and really pleases the eye. it's simple and yet mysterious- the reflection making me wonder if the unicorn is wandering out on the wet sand at sunset or perhaps after something terrible has happened to make the sea red? The reflection makes me curious because it's more the suggestion of a reflection.

The coat is wonderful and life-like and I don't imagine the sheen is easy to render. Others may think black is simple but I know making the suggestion of something using black and white can be difficult.

Overall a simple yet efficient and powerful image. In all honesty the horn is the only thing I don't buy- though I dont spose you get the opportunity to sketch such things from real life ;)
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Mary-Jose Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ohh beautiful :happybounce: Hug Heart 
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Mary-Jose Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are so welcomepingouins contest entry 2 
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Hopera Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The tail is awesome!!! I draw those kind a lot!! Good job with the horse too. The body shine is just right!!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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JVarriano Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really love the tail!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh, wow. Lifelike. ^_^
Look at that reflection, too.l
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Welcome. ^_^
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely. Simple, elegant, and the colors- though often cliche, seem magical and mysterious here. Great work. <3
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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She looks amazing! even if she is missing her red muzzle :) it's so good to see her in your style again :) love the little red bubbles, or sparkly thingies :XD: :D
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon <3
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the tail, and her horn is really cool too, great work on the shading as well :love:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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PinkPonyFarts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome muscle definition, Katy :lol:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Rawr!
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MightyMelleR Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
wow. This is incredible! I love the magic coming from her horn. Great work!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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DarkAngelHawk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very wicked!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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Diikae Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
She's so gorgeous! I love her tail and how it flows so nicely, especially the part on the ground. The rendering of her horn, too, is awesome. It looks like a strand of DNA. The shading you did on this kicks ass. :| Awesome.
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon.
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mykel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
This turned out good. I couldn't see a lick of it on the stream though. It's much more clear now. Nice job with the reflection too.
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon, I actually edited it a bit since there were a few things I didn't pay much attention to last night with it being so late and all.
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